What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf? is a completed Play-by-post game found on The Fear Mythos forum here.You start as Russell Edgley, who has just been hired as a school teacher at an boarding school. However, the place is rundown, in the middle of nowhere, and it seems strangely devoid of children.When Russell finally starts encountering the children, he wishes he hadn’t. They seem to alter the reality around them, creating the types of childish monsters one might expect – a witch, Bloody Mary, something lurking in the dark, a ghost, and other Things That Go Bump in the Night.The children aren’t much better.Russell has to round up the remaining children, eliminate the monsters trapping them there, and get them all past Mr. Wolf... if he cansurvive that long.The spiritual successor, Black Winding Road, can be found here. A more direct sequel/retelling (found here) by the name of Red Rover is currently running.Please note there are trigger warnings on both works, that are listed at the first post.
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Adults Are Useless: It certainly seemed to be the case before Russell arrived, given that nearly everyone is dead at the very beginning of the game.
Boarding School of Horrors: Overlaps with Orphanage of Fear; it's unclear whether the children are actually orphans, but given the complete lack of parental influence (except for what is mentioned in the discussion thread) and the fact that the 'school' is actually called The Orphanage Company Children's Asylum means it's applicable.
Body Horror: Francis's experiments with dead animals. The player - at the time, Russell - wonders if Francis will treat him the same way, when Francis wants to cut out his damaged eye.
Hollywood Satanism: Raleigh; this is possibly justified by the fact that he's a thirteen year old boy with probably no idea how Satanism works, while he has what may be the Devil in his head.
I'm a Humanitarian: The pies the witch bakes are made from the children collected by the Sack Man. The children have been living off them since the adults were killed...and Russell can't resist sharing one with Noemi. Before he knows what they're made from, of course.
The Ingenue: Noemi is childlike, even for her age. She has her hair in pigtails, is the Foil to Traci, and is the sweetest of the eleven children you meet. Subverted to hell and back when you realize that she treats knives like teddy bears, her wish is to meet the Grim Reaper, and she murdered her own sister, creating Bloody Mary in the process.
Shout-Out: One of the trivia questions refers to a specific one:
Who is the namesake for the Durcet brothers?
The Marquis de Sade, Donatien Alphonse Françios, infamously wrote The 120 Days of Sodom and was the 'father of sadism' - the computer tells you that the three brothers, before changing their names, were Donatien, Alphonse, and Françios, respectively. The 120 Days of Sodom also featured a character by the name of Durcet.
What Could Have Been: The endings. Word of God reveals the Multiple Endings - 'perfect completion', in which Russell survives and leads all the children to safety, involves Russell taking them all to the bus stop. The bus arrives, but it's empty. They all board, and he takes them far away from the 'orphanage'; the children have been Brought Down to Normal, and they have a chance at a normal future.